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Stabbed Paul Anderson to death in May 1992 in Wellington for no reason
Also assaulted a prison guard seriously while serving time for this offence
Also attempted to murder Dwayne Marsh by stabbing him 9 times in Paremoremo prison in December 2008
Murdered Karl Kuchenbecker in January 2007 with a shotgun and a knife at Wainuiamata
Assaulted Nick Rea and seriously wounded his daughter Kate
Attempted murder of two mountain bikers, and using a firearm against two police officers
Home invasion, kidnapping, serious assault and armed robbery in Tory street, Wellington
Also another aggravated burglary, kidnapping and violent robbery in Lower Hutt
Committed theses offences after having been paroled
Burton has more than 100 prior convictions
Sentenced to "life" imprisonment in December 1992
He became eligible for parole May 2002. Burton was refused parole back in 2004 as he was considered by the Parole Board at the time as "high risk" of reoffending. At the latest hearing in June 2006, the Board as well as the Department of Corrections and the Police believed Burton was not an "undue risk" to the community. He had completed a number of courses including Violence Prevention Unit within that time and remained drug free.
Paroled July 2006, reoffended some 6 months later
Sentenced to a minimum 26 years for Karl Kuchenbecker's murder in April 2007
Also given preventive detention for the attempted murder, serious assault, kidnapping, robbery and weapons charges
Sentenced for the prison attack on Dwayne Marsh to another 10 years preventive detention, TV3 story here
Eligible for possible release January 2033 on.....
by which time we hope no longer to have to be doing this!
NZ Herald story here with the sentencing detailed here
Data from book - "Shattered Dreams - Families of New Zealand Murder Victims Speak Out"
From a 1998 Dominion news story
Graeme William Burton,27,of Lower Hutt, who was sentenced to life after the murder by stabbing of Paul Anderson outside a Wellington nightclub in 1992.
Burton was in high medium security at Rimutaka Prison but is now in maximum security at Paremoremo. Despite having lost a leg and in a wheelchair, Graeme Burton is classified as an "extreme risk" and in the same unit as RSA killer William Dwane Bell. He is constantly threatening prison officers. He has 7 guards escorting him from his prison cell. He is also considered a "high risk" of escaping prison. One guard says "There are threats every day from Burton . He threatens to burn the building down, or put out a contract [on prison officers]. Most of the guys are scared of what he did and what he is. He's lost a leg but he's still quite threatening. Every time we take him somewhere there's always seven officers [with] him."
The Parole Board decisions may be found here as below;
All of these are Word documents (which can also be opened using Open Office)
Review of the Parole Board decision to release Graeme Burton on parole here
This is in PDF format (Requires Adobe PDF Reader or similar)